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There’ll Be A Bit Of Swedish Christmas In Ann Arbor Home

Just as if she were at home in Sweden, Elisabet Cervin, 17 a foreign exchange student here, tomorrow will mark the beginning of the Swedish Christmas season.

On Dec. 13, the date of the former midwinter solstice, Santa Lucia Day is celebrated in Sweden. In keeping the custom, Liz will portray the saint, known as the queen of Lights Day because she gave her eyes to a blind man, by wearing a long white robe and a crown of flickering candles.

Liz will serve the Robert C. Juvinall family of 1715 Arbordale Dr.,  with whom she makes her home here, a special “Lucia” bread and coffee, also part of the Swedish tradition.

Here on the Youth for Understanding Teen-Age Exchange Program sponsored by the Michigan Council of Churches, Liz is the first Swedish student to come to the city. She is studying at Ann Arbor High School.

[image]:  MARKS SWEDISH TRADITION: Elisabet Cervin, a Swedish exchange student, portrays Santa Lucia and serves a special bread and coffee for Peggy and Nancy Juvinall, daughter of the Robert C. Juvinalls of 1715 Arbordale Dr., with whom Elisabet is making her home.  The custom marks the opening of the Swedish Christmas season.